Gunnison supported the National Center for Health Statistics/Census Bureau in their efforts to modernize and fully automate the two major Ambulatory Health Care Surveys.
- National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)
- National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)
Gunnison supported identifying state-of-the-art data collection approaches to improve the data quality and timeliness of data collection for both the induction interviews and patient record forms for the NAMCS and NHAMCS. These improvements are essential to making data collection faster and more accurate, enabling an increase in the sample size and supporting a new study on clinical management and risk factors for certain diseases.
Gunnison was tasked with identifying and evaluating data collection tools for integration into the surveys. This includes evaluating rapidly changing technology and emerging automated systems for data collection, data processing and control, survey and case management, and data security. Hand-held mobile devices, web-based tools, ICD-9/10 autocoding tools, and security tools are examples of technologies that were considered.